(Being part of the scene:)

I was surprised to be mentioned as someone who stood out from the crowd in a group in which I did my best to blend in, namely the attendees at the Gatherings for Gardner. But I popped up in Four Lives: A Celebration of Raymond Smullyan, edited by Jason Rosenhouse, Dover Publications, 2014. Here is the excerpt from page 43:
"Then I was invited to the Gathering for Gardner conference in Atlanta, the brainchild of the collector and philanthropist Tom Rogers. It was an amazing and incongruous meeting of magicians, mathematicians, psychologists and puzzlists who shared a love of creative problem-solving. Every two years, The Ritz-Carlton hotel would be temporarily taken over be people inflating balloons, making giant sculptures, turning each other's waistcoats inside out and generally schmoozing over matters mathematical.

"I was out of my depth, of course; daunted and dazzled and definitely gauche. Among that distinguished crowd I recognized Solomon Golomb, of ruler, polyomino and rep-tile fame. I knew David Singmaster because of Rubik's Cube. I knew Greg N. Frederickson because of the hours I'd wasted cutting up one shape in the hope of making another."

Past and future events for
Dissections: Plane & Fancy




2011

August 6:
"The Proof is in the Pizza,"
at the Mathematical Association of America's Mathfest
in Lexington, KY.
8:50 - 9:10am, in the session, "Recreational Mathematics: New Problems and New Solutions, Session 2."


2010

August 7:
"Symmetry vs. Economy in Dissections of Squares and Cubes,"
at the Mathematical Association of America's Mathfest
in Pittsburgh.
2:40 - 3:00pm, in the session, "Recreational Mathematics: New Problems and New Solutions."

March 25:
"Symmetry vs. Economy in Dissections of Squares and Cubes,"
at the Gathering for Gardner 9 (G4G9)
in Atlanta, GA.


2007

March 7:
"The Ageless Fascination of Geometric Dissection,"
for the Mathematics Education Club at Purdue University
at 6:00pm in Recitation 113.


2003 - 2006

From 2003 to 2006, I focused primarily on talking about my more recent books.
Check out the talks relating to material in my second book,
and the talks relating to material in my third book.


2002

October 7:
"The Ageless Fascination of Geometric Dissection,"
for MA 560, Fundamental Concepts in Geometry, at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
4:30-5:45, in Kettler 225.


2001

November 16:
The Class of 1942 (Durgin) Lecture,
"The Ageless Fascination of Geometric Dissection," the first of two invited talks
at the Fall 2001 meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Mathematical Association of America.
at Bridgewater State College, in Bridgewater, Massachusetts,
at 7:30 pm, in the Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium, followed by a reception in the Campus Center Ballroom.
See (links now inactive) Bridgewater Magazine, Fall 2001, "Upcoming Events" and Bridgewater Today, December 11, 2001.


2000

I was busy finishing my second book and giving talks on it.


1999

November 3:
A talk, "The Art and Mathematics of Geometric Dissections",
for the Math Club at Purdue University
at 7:00 pm in LAEB 1245.

February 3:
A talk, "The Art and Mathematics of Geometric Dissections",
in the colloquium series of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (which has since split into the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering)
at Butler University, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Abstract


1998

June 8:
An invited talk, "The Art and Mathematics of Geometric Dissections",
at the (link no longer active) 14th Annual ACM Symposium on Computational Geometry
in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link no longer active) Abstract

February 23:
A talk at West Lafayette High School, in Elaine Ellison's accelerated geometry class.

February 18:
A talk, "The Art and Mathematics of Geometric Dissections",
in the Upsilon Pi Epsilon brown bag lunch series,
at the Department of Computer Science, Purdue University.


1997

December 10:
A book signing at the University Book Store, West Lafayette, Indiana, from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.


Last updated March 12, 2010.